Interpreters - Faculty

Interpreters - Faculty

Information for Faculty

Interpreters are CAR staff who function in the classroom as an approved accommodation for eligible students. These providers may be in the class full-time, or part-time as needed. This page offers more information about interpreters’ roles, as well as resources for working with them.

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In-Class

Interpreters follow the below guidelines when in class:

  • Interpreters are not registered for the class, and should not participate except for in the narrow scope of their role (i.e. asking for clarification) as a part of the student’s approved accommodations.
  • Interpreters generally do not have contact with students outside of class.
  • Seating will need to be available for these individuals.
  • Duties may include: using sign language to interpret course material for the student, voicing for the student, asking for clarification from the student or instructor.

Interpreters are not replacements for captioning and providing visual descriptions; these in-class helpers will not describe video. If possible, please provide a transcript of video or audio materials shared in class.

Tips and Tricks for Working with Interpreters

As an interpreter may be in the classroom most of the time with the student, it is important to know how to interact with them as a faculty member. This pdf with tips and tricks outlines general tips for working with Interpreters. (pdf will be linked soon)

Scheduling Outside Class Time

Sometimes, a student will need to meet with their instructor outside of scheduled class time. If an interpreter is needed for these meetings, please direct the student to contact their accommodation specialist.

FAQ:

What type of communication am I allowed to have with the interpreter?

  • All communication during and outside of class should happen with the student directly. The interpreter is only there to perform specific duties. If you have questions for CAR, please contact our office directly.

Do I schedule outside of class appointments with the interpreter?

  • Sometimes a student will need to meet with their instructor outside of scheduled class time. If an interpreter is needed for these meetings, please direct the student to contact their accommodation specialist.

Outside Resources:

  • Tips and Tricks for Working with Interpreters

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